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#DPTSTUDENT CHAT TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013: IS TAKING A HISTORY AND PERFORMING A PHYSICAL EXAM NECESSARY?

Posted Feb 25 2013 8:12pm

The other day this article  was making its way around Twitter. It discusses the importance (or lack thereof) of performing a history and full physical exam on a patient.

While this article is not about PT specifically, it got me thinking. I am spending a great deal of time learning how to perform a PT exam- I even have a class this semester titled “Physical Therapy Examination”. Yet, I know that some PTs do not perform a comprehensive exam and even fewer take vital signs during a visit. There is a ton of valuable information that can be learned through vital signs and a full evaluation. What do you think about this? How do we balance efficiency while still being thorough and treating the whole person? Is a full evaluation necessary or a waste of precious time?

Let’s talk about it!

Current PTs are welcomed and encouraged to join in on this chat! All of us students would love your input!

 

 

 

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